Bianchi Orchard Systems, Inc., the manufacturers of orchard harvesting systems purchased Kilby Manufacturing last year and since that time has worked out of the Evans Reimer Road location along with the retail businesses in Richvale and Yuba City as Bianchi Agriculture Services.
Bianchi Orchard is in the process of moving to the City of Gridley's Industrial Park located on Independence Place off W. Liberty Road into the former Shield's building.
Currently, the business is in a transition period with just 19 employees as they move to the 60,000 square foot building but during the high seasons the company employs at least 100 people. Bianchi requested the City of Gridley complete the sewer line project to accommodate the extra employees for the US production season which begins in March. Work will decrease slightly in July but will ramp up again in September for the company's Australian production.
Gridley City Council members voted Tuesday night to complete the sewer line project which will require going under the railroad tracks. A permit is required through Union Pacific for this work but the plans had already been done in anticipation of a tenant's request. City staff was directed to obtain costs to finish the project. City Administrator Rob Hickey told Council members that a permit through Union Pacific from 2003 was still in effect. He explained the cost estimate was $500,000 years ago but hoped for a better price now with the current construction environment.
Finance Director Karin Helvey reported there is $2 million in the sewer capital improvement fund, more than enough to finance the project.
Hickey stated the importance of such an increase in jobs for the City and that Bianchi would pay the connection and impact fees.
In other business Council members approved the abatement of a home in the 1000 block of Jackson Street which has trash and garbage piled up against the north side of the home and two inoperable vehicles which constitutes a public nuisance.
The homeowner has received several letters of abatement from the City after receiving a complaint and no attempt has been made to clean up the yard. A letter regarding an upcoming Public Hearing was sent and the homeowner still has 30 days to abate the property before the City moves forward and does the clean-up and liens the property for the wages paid to clean the property and any additional costs.
The City will send another abatement letter with a new Public Hearing date set.